But there are always two sides to every story — at least that's what both Connell and her lawyers are trying to remind people.
The Twitter-branded #AuntFromHell said of the case:
"This was meant to be a simple homeowners insurance case. Connecticut law is such that I was advised by counsel that this is the way a suit is meant to be worded."
Due to the laws in Connecticut, the aunt had to name an individual as a defendant in the case as opposed to an insurance company!
She went on to express her love of Sean by saying:
"I adore this child. I would never want to hurt him. He would never want to hurt me."
Even though the 12-year-old calls Connell his aunt, he's actually the son of her cousin though the family is very close. She even mentioned that she took Sean shopping for his Halloween costume a few weeks ago!
She went on to slam social media by saying:
"It's amazing the power that the Internet has that something can go viral, completely out of context. I'm certainly not trying to retire to some villa in the south of France. I'm simply trying to pay off my medical bills."
Connell's legal team also issued a statement defending their client by explaining that before the trial, her insurance company had only offered her one dollar compensation. They continued by saying:
"Our client was very reluctant to pursue this case, but in the end she had no choice but to sue the minor defendant directly to get her bills paid. She didn't want to do this any more than anyone else would. But her hand was forced by the insurance company. We are disappointed in the outcome, but we understand the verdict. Our client is being attacked on social media. Our client has been through enough."
Insurance can always be a tricky thing and we've definitely heard some terrible stories in the past about them not paying people what they're owed.
Is this just a legal avenue to get her family's insurance to pay her bills? Or is she trying to put a pretty face on her Disney villain plot?
What do YOU think?? Is she still the #AuntFromHell or do you believe her side of the story?
The brunette shared a sweet photo with her former flame and penned a heartbreaking caption in his memory.
The late sports star's longtime love reflected on their time together, writing:
"My deepest love goes out to those who saw jose as more than an athlete, but as a passionate, raw human being. The heart break is unbearable. There was so much more to him than anyone could even begin to understand. I'm fortunate enough to have loved and be loved by jose, and his family, for over 3 crazy beautiful years."
Miz Mendoza admitted she will always love the 24-year-old, and told her followers to never take moments with their loved ones for granted, adding: